Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» N&C Midwest: September 2016
by Scorpio Rising Today at 6:19 pm

» Mid-Atl - Jul 2016 - Wwwwaaaaahhhhh!
by Scorpio Rising Today at 6:07 pm

» Another item for composting.
by llama momma Today at 4:04 pm

» New England September 2016
by RJARPCGP Today at 3:58 pm

» compost thermometer
by trolleydriver Today at 1:10 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in September 2016
by trolleydriver Today at 1:06 pm

» mulching
by dstack Today at 12:27 pm

» 1,000 worms on their way....
by Cajun Cappy Today at 11:45 am

» Plantoid' s going into hospital ....
by Kelejan Today at 11:42 am

» Mid-Atl - Oct 2016 - Fall Garden 2016
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 9:32 am

» Medical Topic...may be helpful to some folk....
by jimmy cee Today at 9:03 am

» When is a great time to start a garden? The Fall!
by MrBooker Today at 6:05 am

» The Research Journey:what to plant now, fall gardening in Dallas-Ft worth
by has55 Today at 3:21 am

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by Kelejan Today at 12:22 am

» NEW ENGLAND OCT 2016
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:02 pm

» Tryst with my first DIY SFG
by Turan Yesterday at 9:29 pm

» leggy potatoes plants were started too early in the hous
by sanderson Yesterday at 8:31 pm

» EXPERIMENT: Tomatoes to Powder
by llama momma Yesterday at 1:58 pm

» Soil Blocks: Tutorial In Photos
by Kelejan Yesterday at 12:49 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 8:08 am

» Mix for making soil blocks
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 7:54 am

» soil testing
by Kelejan 9/23/2016, 9:26 pm

» Kale Question
by countrynaturals 9/23/2016, 9:15 pm

» Terrible News: Bumblebees In Trouble
by Scorpio Rising 9/23/2016, 8:51 pm

» Facebook - SFG Foundation postings
by Scorpio Rising 9/23/2016, 8:49 pm

» A traditional German dish with a Fall twist.
by sanderson 9/23/2016, 6:38 pm

» Apparently Radishes Need Sun
by sanderson 9/23/2016, 6:28 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson 9/23/2016, 6:22 pm

» SFG Adventure of a first time gardener in ND
by sanderson 9/23/2016, 5:49 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania
by trolleydriver 9/22/2016, 8:27 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

CICADAS!!!

View previous topic View next topic Go down

CICADAS!!!

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 4/11/2011, 9:53 am

Outdoor plans be ready! We are going to have a few thousand extra and very noisy guests coming soon. The periodical cicadas are scheduled to make a return around some parts of the Midwest this spring. The 13-year cicada emergence will appear in the Midwest from Oklahoma to Iowa. The 17-year variety is expected across northern Illinois, and in parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana.

Typically, the southern varieties run on 13 year cycles and the more northern varieties run on 17 year cycles. Periodical cicadas, for those that don't know, are different than annual cicadas. Periodical cicadas are the guys that show up in droves every 13 or 17 years, and depending on the brood, their regional spread can run across several states at a time. The annual cicada is the guy that shows up every summer....and most likely the guy that leaves his shell on the tree for our kids to pick off and attach to the neighbor girl's hair or shirt. (I laugh because I was that guy at about 10 years old.)

The periodical cicadas come in enormous numbers. Natural selection has timed their emergence to happen over a very short period of time to swamp birds and other predators with more food than they can possibly eat allowing most of the cicadas to breed undisturbed. Once hatched, the little guys just return to the safety of their burrows and eat roots until they mature and stage their next mass emergence.

Missouri witnessed it's last emergence in 1998, so 2011 is scheduled for another 13-year cicada event. This year's emergence is expected to cover most of the state, along with parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois. The noise will likely start tuning up in April, build to a crescendo in May, and taper off in June.

Mature trees should be fine. Cicadas also don't affect vegetable gardens. However, smaller trees may need a little protection from cheesecloth or mosquito netting.

1998 coincided with the simultaneous emergence of the 17-year variety, as well. The last time that had happened was 1777. Obviously, that scenario is rare, and this year won't be one of quite that volume. However, it will still likely be noisy in late spring here in the southwestern region of the Northern and Central Midwest. Be prepared by grabbing your earplugs.....or fishing poles.

Happy Gardening!


Last edited by BackyardBirdGardner on 4/11/2011, 10:01 am; edited 2 times in total

BackyardBirdGardner

Male Posts : 2727
Join date : 2010-12-25
Age : 42
Location : St. Louis, MO

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: CICADAS!!!

Post  nancy on 4/11/2011, 9:58 am

A small part of me thinks they are so cool! We had our last batch in 2006 or 7, so we should be in the clear for a while.

nancy

Female Posts : 595
Join date : 2010-03-16
Location : Cincinnati, Ohio (6a)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: CICADAS!!!

Post  Goosegirl on 4/11/2011, 10:59 am

The first time I went to NJ/NY I woke up every morning thinking 'Why in the world does everyone around here start mowing their lawns at 6:30 in the morning?' One morning I finally looked out the window and there was not a mower in sight, but that sound was soooooo loud. Later that day I saw a few of the noisy little (?) culprits! Amazing that insects can be so LOUD!

GG

____________________________

GG   geek 






COMPOSTING:  The only time 'Garbage In' does not equal 'Garbage Out'!

Goosegirl

Female Posts : 3399
Join date : 2011-02-16
Age : 51
Location : Zone 4A - NE SD

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: CICADAS!!!

Post  Glendale-gardener on 4/11/2011, 12:25 pm

I can't stand those little jerks! They were last in Cincinnati the spring that I got married(the 17 year emergence). Remember that they only feed on deciduous trees. Your evergreens are safe.

Glendale-gardener

Female Posts : 293
Join date : 2011-03-10
Age : 41
Location : Cincinnati Zone 6A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: CICADAS!!!

Post  Sponsored content Today at 6:49 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum